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London Museum of Water & Steam

Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0EN, England
+44 20 8568 4757
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Engines running on steam

A great visit, was brilliant to see the engines running on steam. The volunteers were very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Austin550
Fascinating

Superb place, but incredibly expensive to get in as a family; fortunately, children were free in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Helen R
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The London Museum of Water & Steam at Kew Bridge was built in 1838 and is home to an internationally recognised collection of working steams engines that can be seen in operation every weekend. Come and discover the story of London's water supply through interactive displays and fascinating objects from Romans times to modern day. The museum is also home to a narrow gauge steam railway which is in operation every weekend and selected dates in the school holidays. Families can also enjoy the new Waterworks interactive gallery, with hands on exhibits that bring the story of London's water supply to life and prepare to get wet in the outdoors "Splashzone" where children of all ages can turn wheels, gears and pumps to move water by hand to create amazing outcomes. The rotative steam engines are in operation every weekend with the Cornish Engines running on monthly event days (see website for event listings). After all that, relax and refuel in the Stokers Cafe where you will be able to choose from a range of hot and cold drinks and homemade treats. We are a 5 minute walk from Kew Bridge Station (25 minutes from London Waterloo) and are a short bus journey away from South Ealing station (Picadilly Line + 65 bus) and Gunnersbury (District Line and Overground + 237 or 267 bus). There is a small car park on site for visitors.
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Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0EN, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A great visit, was brilliant to see the engines running on steam. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and friendly and up for a chat about the steam world! definitely worth a visit

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Superb place, but incredibly expensive to get in as a family; fortunately, children were free in the summer holidays. Plenty of steam engines to admire, but a shame that none of them were running. There was a mini steam engine running a return trip to...More

Thank Helen R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum with a number of very large old beam pumps... which unbelievably work! Fabulous, enthusiastic and friendly staff. All in all, one o the best museums I've even been to

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A real hidden gem for anyone interested in history, water, engines etc. 9 large engines including one so large where 'Blue Peter's had tea inside. Some engines run almost every weekend with the very big ones each month. In between running times, the museum is...More

3  Thank Derek F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Water and steam are arguably the bedrock for what drove the expansion and industry of much of London. But what powered it all? If you want to find out then the water and steam museum is fascinating. It's beautifully detailed and the steam engines come...More

Thank Mark W
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the museum with friends. Well organised exhibition giving a feeling how water treatment was historically. Showing impact of technological revolution in a fast growing mega city.

Thank Gerhard K
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LMWaterSteam, Public Relations Manager at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thank you so much for visiting the museum! We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

A great museum which my 5 year old loved! Lots of things for him to touch, he enjoyed the train treasure hunt, the train ride and splash area! Thanks!

Thank Vicky B
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LMWaterSteam, Public Relations Manager at London Museum of Water & Steam, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum! We hope to welcome you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

After walking away from McDonald’s because of the riders hanging around we popped in for drinks and snacks in the cafe area Free off road parking and friendly help and patient staff and can certainly recommend We didn’t have time to visit the museum area...More

1  Thank Patrick W
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

I visited here with my son aged 9 last week as we were staying in the area. Having a son who has a real passion for engines made this place a priority. The staff were very friendly. I loved that I could give my son...More

1  Thank polly A
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Really enjoyed this day out with the grandchildren (ages 6 and 8) - although fun for all ages 5 to 85. As previously mentioned in reviews, volunteer staff are amazing, so friendly and helpful. Dont miss out on the garden (immediately right inside the entrance...More

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Melinda H
25 February 2018|
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Response from Richard_A-Sandys | Reviewed this property |
I think it will definitely be good for an hour, possibly up to 2 for teen lads. There are lots of interesting things. Depends on whether they are willing to connect! There is engineering, disease control, a mini steam... More
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krysiadavis
3 January 2017|
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Response from pennyjenkins2017 | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry, our car park can take about 30 cars so can fill very quickly at weekends. On a Sunday you can park on the road directly outside the gate but the local wardens are very keen to ticket on other days... More
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Kamila K
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Response from Strelitzia-1 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I am sure your little one would enjoy many of the exhibits. The train is also a lovely activity for littlies. Enjoy
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